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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • William G. Ledbetter has reached one century

  • William Gilbert Ledbetter, Harrisburg has crammed a lot of living into 100 years.
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  • William Gilbert Ledbetter, Harrisburg has crammed a lot of living into 100 years.
    Still sharp as a tack, Ledbetter briefly recounted his life at a luncheon at the Golden Circle Tuesday.
    "In WWII I enlisted in the Merchant Marine. I am proud to have served during WWII. I visited all five continents,” he said.
    What he didn't mention is that he faced the threat of Nazi and Japanese torpedos while visiting those other continents.
    "I was always glad when we got to port. Any port. I was a cook and a baker,” he said.
    "I found I liked North America the best. It was ‘Home Sweet Home.’”
    Before and after the war Ledbetter worked for the U.S. Postal Service. He spent a significant part of his career in St. Louis, Mo., but returned to work in the Harrisburg Post Office before his retirement.
    "My wife, Iola, passed away 10 years ago," he said.
    His only son, Steven is a special education teacher. Ledbetter lives with his son and his wife in Harrisburg.
    Ledbetter says he moved to Harrisburg from Hardin County when he was six years old.
    Ledbetter is a regular patron of the Golden Circle. In his free time he said he reads a lot.
    "I like history and the Bible. I learned a lot of Scripture by heart and I can recite the poem ‘Hiawatha,’" he said.
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